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Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

This week, thousands of people attended the funeral of Lavel Davis Jr. in South Carolina. It was the third and final funeral held for those killed in the Nov. 13 shooting at the University of Virginia. The funeral for D’Sean Perry was held Nov. 26 in Miami. And a memorial service for Devin Chandler was held Nov. 27 in Virginia Beach.

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From left to right, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. Courtesy of UVA Credit: Courtesy of UVA Athletics

In the aftermath of the shooting, while some try to understand the motives and reasons behind the attack, politicians have responded in predictable ways. Following the shooting here in Charlottesville and another in a Walmart in Chesapeake, Gov. Glenn Youngkin is pushing to increase mental health resources in the state. At the same time, state Democrats want stricter gun laws.

“We need to have a mature discussion about mental health, but about guns as well,” state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Charlottesville, told Cardinal News. “I hope we can find some common ground and some things to work on relating to mental health, but we also need to be able to talk about guns and how to keep them out of the hands of people that tend to do bad things with them. It’s not an either-or situation.”

Read more about the divided response from Cardinal News.

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Credit: Screenshot/City of Charlottesville

City manager hopes to select new police chief by year’s end

Charlottesville’s interim city manager is hoping to select a new police chief by the end of the year. There are three candidates for the position: acting Charlottesville Chief Latroy A. “Tito” Durrette, Warrento Police Chief Michael Kochis, and Easton L. McDonald, a commander in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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Here are a few more quick reads.

A new podcast series from In My Humble Opinion highlights perspectives from community members

The first episode is about what violence means in our lives, as told by Katrina Spencer.

Rent relief for both Charlottesville and Albemarle County is now available through one hotline

If you need help with rent, mortgage or utilities, you can get $1,000 per month or $3,000 in a year.

From the newsroom: Charlottesville Tomorrow’s editor-in-chief gives a keynote address at a national news conference

Angilee Shah and Sisi Wei, editor-in-chief of The Markup, spoke to about 500 news leaders at the Independent News Sustainability Summit about how to make a healthy newsroom culture.

Thank you for reading,

Jessie Higgins, managing editor

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Jessie Higgins

I'm Charlottesville Tomorrow's managing editor and health and safety reporter. If there’s something you think we should be investigating, please email me at jhiggins@cvilletomorrow.org! And you can follow all the work we do by subscribing to our free newsletter! Hablo español, y quiero mantener a la comunidad hispanohablante informada. Si tienes preguntas o información que debo saber, por favor, envíame un correo electrónico a jhiggins@cvilletomorrow.org.